Summer Program for Future Doctors

Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Greenville, NC.
Type Clinical Research, Test Preparation, Academic Enrichment
Dates 18 May 2015 - 16 Jul 2015


The Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intensive, challenging, educational summer program that allows participants to experience the pedagogical style and demands of the medical school curriculum. The program, which accepts approximately 20-25 participants, has two components. The non-matriculating program is aimed at premedical or undergraduate students. The matriculating program is geared toward medical students who have already been accepted to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the following fall semester. The Summer Program for Future Doctors is a great opportunity for participants to strengthen their basic science knowledge base, enhance their critical thinking skills, gain a better understanding of the application and admissions process, and exhibit their abilities to successfully handle the academic, social, and emotional demands of medical school. Participants receive grades for each course unless otherwise specified. An official ECU transcript is not issued. Upon written request of the participant, summative evaluations based on objective and subjective factors can be submitted to any medical school or other institution. The Summer Program for Future Doctors (SPFD) includes: A demanding academic medical curriculum with over 220 hours of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience and Physiology. 32 hours of learning and study skills, strategies for increasing reading power, which help students become more effective and efficient learners. 24 hours of orienting students to the community and social aspects of the health care environment with topics such as verbal, nonverbal, communication, interviewing skills, medical ethics, moral reasoning, medicine and the law, and diversity. 32 hours of exposing students to the style, format, and content of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) with didactic instruction in specific areas (biology, chemistry and physics) and a simulated MCAT administration. 10 hours of learning opportunities for students to witness medicine in action, observe procedures, and develop relationships with staff at primary care sites within the community and BSOM Outpatient Clinics.


Eligibility Non-Matriculating Eligibility Non-matriculating students should have satisfactorily completed one year of the following introductory level courses: Biology Chemistry Physics Organic chemistry is strongly encourages Evaluation of SPFD applications is based on grades, performance on standardized testing (e.g., SAT, GRE, MCAT, etc.), evidence of service commitment, potential for academic success, and opportunity for academic enhancement to improve chances for medical school admission. Applicants must also meet the following criteria: North Carolina resident Minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students are strongly encourages to apply. A minority is defined as a person who classifies himself/herself as: Asian American / Pacific Islander Black / African American Hispanic Native American / Alaskan Native An individual from a disadvantaged background is a person who: Comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from health professions schools; or programs providing education or training in an allied health professions; or Comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Matriculating Eligibility The matriculating program enrolls at least 10-12 medical students. These students have committed to the Brody School of Medicine and would like to get early exposure to the medical curriculum and adjustment to the environment. Participants typically have a desire to gain additional academic preparation, a desire to address areas of concern prior to full matriculation, and they want to begin the transition process into medical school.

More Information

Academic Support and Enrichment Center, Summer Program for Future Doctors
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone: 252-744-2149
Fax: (252) 744-2051